A new report about government waste offers hundreds of budget recommendations for the federal government.
Prime Cuts 2017 is the latest edition of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and its waste-cutting recommendations that would eliminate what it calls unnecessary and ineffective federal programs and spending.
The newest report can be read here.
"In the 2017 version, there are 607 recommendations that would save taxpayer $336.2 billion in one year and $2.3 trillion over five years," says CAGW president Tom Schatz. "And even in Washington, that's real money."
One of the long-time recommendations is to eliminate the Market Access Program (MAP), formerly known as the Market Promotion Program.
Schatz considers it corporate welfare.
"About $2 billion over the past 10 years to help agriculture trade associations, farmer cooperatives and individual companies like Blue Diamond, Sunkist and Tyson advertise their products overseas," he explains. "This is something that clearly these companies and trade associations can do themselves and even former President Obama wanted to cut 20 percent out of this program."
CAGW would like to eliminate the whole program.
Citizens Against government Waste has been publishing Prime Cuts since 1993.